Anti-Racist Statement

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Keating Chambers is committed to being an anti-racist organisation [1] . We believe that this means not merely refraining from acting in a racially discriminatory way but taking proactive steps to confront and remedy the effects of racism. We recognise the impact of racism and discriminatory behaviour across all levels of society, and the role that all organisations can play in challenging racism and delivering anti-racist practice by changing the systems, policies and practices, structures, attitudes, and cultures that inhibit racial equality.

Led by our Head of Chambers, Equality and Diversity officers, COO and management team, we maintain a zero-tolerance approach to any form of racism; the effects of any conscious or unconscious bias, intended or unintended, and condemn all discriminatory behaviour.

We are committed as a chambers to taking positive steps to improve access to the bar and to improve racial diversity within Keating Chambers. This includes supporting external initiatives to enhance inclusion for ethnic minorities at the Commercial Bar and reviewing our own policies and practices to attract, recruit, retain and develop a diverse community of barristers, pupils and staff. Visit our social responsibility page for or details of the initiatives with which Keating Chambers is involved. We are committed to exploring and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds, and building a working environment where members and staff can flourish, free from prejudice and discrimination.

Keating Chambers is dedicated to creating sustainable change. We recognise that it is incumbent upon us to reflect the society we serve. Diversity of membership brings diversity of thought and experience, which can only benefit us, the wider profession, our clients and the community. We will continue to work to educate ourselves on issues of race and ethnicity to understand how actively to work towards equality. We constantly strive to review and improve our processes. We will keep our progress in tackling anti-racist practice under review and challenge ourselves to deliver meaningful action and results.

[1] Note, we are using the terminology of the Bar Standards Board, which requires all Chambers to produce and publish an anti-racist statement for members of chambers and the public.